Nova Uniao prospect and Jose Aldo sparring partner Alcides Nunes has revealed that he is the one who injured Jose Aldo, putting the highly anticipated fight with Conor McGregor in jeopardy in the process, and he has also explained what happened.
We're still not entirely sure that Jose Aldo is out of UFC 189, but we do know he injured his rib in training, and it is now clear that the injury was caused by a stray kick. Alcides Nunes claims he slipped and caught Aldo on the rib while mimicing McGregor's unorthodox style:
I threw a kick but slipped with all the sweat on the mat, and ended up hitting his rib. I was mimicking McGregor’s unorthodox style, things he does in the fight. I’m also left-handed, my style is similar to his, so that’s why they asked me to be part of his camp, but I ended up slipping and causing this injury.
He finished the round, and then decided to stop. I’m sure he would continue to train if he could. He’s a warrior and was really well prepared for this fight.
So we could be forced to continue waiting for the fight we've all been waiting for because of a slip on a sweaty mat?
It just goes to show how quickly things can happen in MMA. Of course, this isn't the first time Jose Aldo has gotten injured, and Nova Uniao have a bad record of training camp injuries, so perhaps they should look at their methods.
Nunes did express his sadness at the unfortunate incident, but if he's 5-0 in his career and has kicks that injure Jose Aldo in training, then maybe we should be keeping an eye out for this kid.
I’m still sad about all this. As a fan and an athlete, I know this is devastating. I’m really sad. Aldo was in shape and prepared for this fight.
We'll just keep refreshing Dana White's twitter profile while we wait for something, anything, on the status of the main event for UFC 189.